Scottish tour operator Rabbie’s has introduced three new day-tours leaving from Aberdeen.
The small group specialist, which is passionate about sustainability and CSR (corporate social responsibility), has launched Dunottar Castle & Royal Deeside; Loch Ness & The Highlands, and a Speyside Whisky Trail to its programme of Scottish tours for 2019-2020.
Rabbie’s has also revealed two new three-day trips from Manchester to popular holiday spots in Wales and The Peak District and doubled its choice of departures from London.
“After the success of launching a departure point in Inverness, we felt ready to bring our ethical small-group tours to new parts of the UK,” says Rabbie’s founder and chief executive Robin Worsnop.
“It’s the right time too – all reports are saying Manchester’s tourism sector is growing, and travellers are starting to discover the fantastic locations that lie on Aberdeen’s doorstep.”
Heather Reekie, director of marketing & sales, said: “When I first found out we were going to connect with the railway lines with our new package tours, I was surprised other companies weren’t already doing this. Travelling by rail is far quicker and more sustainable than using a car to travel long distances.
“We’re hoping a lot of locals in London will see these packages as a stress-free and affordable alternative to taking a flight, booking accommodation, and working out where to go in a rental car.“
Rabbie’s new programme also includes a three-day tour of Lewis and Harris from Inverness, a three-day tour of Mull from Glasgow, and a discovery of the Isle of Wight’s ancient landscape from London with a three-day tour which starts from £149 per person.
To complete the programme Rabbie’s has added a selection of short tours departing from Inverness, Glasgow, Dublin and Edinburgh.
Sustainability and CSR have, since the beginning, been integrated into the core of Rabbie’s business strategy, products and services, with strong impact on rural and remote communities.
By operating small groups, Rabbie’s has access to the back roads and provide affordable travel to make these remote communities accessible to visitors.
The company also supports local community and environmental projects which preserve the communities and wildlife by self-taxing £10 for every tonne of CO2 used. The money is then donated to support community and environmental projects.
Pictured is Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness.